Shane’s path to osteopathy is a little more convoluted than most. He completed a Mechanical Engineering degree at Monash University and worked for a number of years as an engineer before returning to study Osteopathy at Victoria University as a mature age student.
2017 marks Shane’s 14th year as a full-time osteopath. Shane has a keen interest in chronic headaches and migraine. In August 2017 Shane and Lachlan will be attending the “Watson Headache® Institute’s Level 1 Foundation Course, ‘The Role of C1-3 Cervical Afferents in Primary Headache’, to add another dimension to their clinical approach when treating headache and migraine sufferers.
Having a family heritage of bad hips – and inheriting them himself – Shane also has a keen interest in hip and pelvic pain and while many therapists dread the 40-year-old-plus patient with pain on the outside of the hip, this is one of Shane’s ideal patients.
As you would expect from a qualified Mechanical Engineer Shane’s treatment has a strong structural focus, uses dry needling, and encourages patients to participate in their treatment with exercise prescription and education. Shane regularly uses Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) to complement more traditional osteopathic techniques.
Skye and Shane established Pakenham Osteopathy (formerly known as Cardinia Sports & Spinal Clinic) in 2004 and it has now grown into a thriving outer Melbourne practice. Skye has an interest in acute neck and upper back strains, postural complaints and headaches and migraines.
Many of Skye’s patients work in sedentary jobs which can result in slumped posture, weak back muscles and rounded shoulders. Encouraging patients to stretch out tight muscles and re-build weakened back muscles enables patients to self-manage their condition so that it doesn’t recur over and over again.
Since having had her own children in recent years, Skye also enjoys treating pregnancy-related issues and post-partum recovery.
Skye has also completed a dry needling course which may be useful for conditions that flare up with vigorous “hands on” treatment, such as highly acute neck or back pain, or the elderly.
As a mother of 2 young girls and a practice principle, Skye’s life is a busy one. However, she still enjoys jogging, participating in her first full marathon in 2016.
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